Parliament speaker says 'irresponsible politicians' prompted blockade

SOFIA, Bulgaria, July 24 (UPI) -- Mihail Mikov, speaker of Bulgaria's Parliament, urged lawmakers not to go to the Capitol Wednesday to protest a blockade by opposition groups.

Bulgarians protest high energy costs

SOFIA, Bulgaria, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Bulgarians upset over record-high energy prices took to the streets this week, demanding the nationalizations of three foreign-owned power companies.

Bulgaria lawmakers back PM Borisov Cabinet

SOFIA, Bulgaria, July 27 (UPI) -- The Bulgarian parliament Monday elected former Sofia Mayor Boyko Borisov prime minister and his center-right Cabinet to replace a socialist government.

Sofia's waste-removal poses health risk

SOFIA, Bulgaria, April 10 (UPI) -- Bulgarian Prime Minister Sergey Stanishev told a task team Friday to improve a garbage collection system that is threatening public health in the capital Sofia.

Bulgaria to file claims from gas dispute

SOFIA, Bulgaria, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- The end of the European gas crisis means state-owned gas firm Bulgargaz can file compensation claims, but also speaks of the need for diversity, officials say.

P.M.: Bulgaria in first capitalist crisis

SOFIA, Bulgaria, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- Bulgaria is experiencing its first economic crisis as a capitalist country, Prime Minister Sergey Stanishev said Thursday.

Bulgarian P.M. stuck on ski lift

SOFIA, Bulgaria, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- The prime minister of Bulgaria spent 40 minutes stuck on a ski lift Wednesday with a member of his cabinet, local officials and a gaggle of reporters.

Moscow, Sofia, Athens sign oil deal

ATHENS, Greece, March 15 (UPI) -- Russia, Bulgaria and Greece signed an agreement to build an oil pipeline to link the Black Sea with the Aegean Sea, reports said.

Nurses, doctor get Libyan death sentence

TRIPOLI, Libya, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- A Libyan court sentenced five Bulgarian nurses and a doctor to death for deliberately infecting 426 children with HIV, Bulgaria's BTA news agency said.

Sofia denies reports of delays in EU entry

SOFIA, Bulgaria, May 1 (UPI) -- Bulgarian officials say they have no information about Romanian reports that Sofia's efforts to join the European Union would be delayed by a year. Bulgaria is scheduled to join the EU on Jan 1, and a key European Commission report on steps Sofia has take

Danube floods easing in Romania, Bulgaria

BUCHAREST, Romania, April 21 (UPI) -- The swollen Danube River has receded slightly in Romania and Bulgaria, with foreign and domestic aid being shipped to the flooded regions.

Stanishev: Bulgaria meets EU standards

SOFIA, Bulgaria, April 18 (UPI) -- Bulgaria's top diplomat dismissed allegations his country is slow in judiciary reforms and claimed Sofia is able to meet European standards to join the EU next year. Bulgarian Foreign Minister Sergey Stanishev disagreed with EU officials' statements that
Sergey Stanishev
U.S. President George W. Bush (R) shakes hands with the Prime Minister of Bulgaria, Sergey Stanishev, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on June 18, 2008. (UPI Photo/Aude Guerrucci/POOL)

Sergei Dmitrievich Stanishev (Bulgarian: Сергей Дмитриевич Станишев, born May 5, 1966) is the current Prime Minister of Bulgaria and Chairman of the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP). He was born in Kherson, Ukraine, which explains the Russian ending of his patronymic.

A native of Herson, Ukraine he descended from a prestigious Bulgarian family from Kukush, Macedonia (Greece). His father Dimitar Stanishev was a member of the Bulgarian Communist Party Politburo.

Stanishev attended Moscow State University, where he received his bachelor's degree in 1989, and his PhD in 1994, both in the field of history. His doctoral thesis was entitled “The system of service promotion of high ranking officials in Russia and its evolution during the second half of XIX century”. In 1998, he specialized in political sciences at Moscow School of political studies. He was a visiting fellow in international relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1999-2000. He also worked as a freelance journalist. In 1995 he became a staff member in the Foreign Affairs Department of the BSP. He was Chief of Foreign Policy and International Relations for the BSP from 1996 to 2001. In May 2000 he was elected a Member of the BSP Supreme Council and Member of the Executive Bureau. In June 2001, he was elected as a member of the Bulgarian National Assembly from the region of Ruse. Sergei Stanishev was a Soviet citizen and then Russian until 1996, when he acquired a Bulgarian citizenship and renounced his Russian one.

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